Yes, we know soap operas are fictional – but they're supposed to portray real life. Here are some of those slightly strange things we’ve noticed only ever occur in soapland. See if you recognise any…
Strangely, we’re going to start our list with an ending! You never see anybody using a cab until they’re leaving town. We know characters always hope for a more dramatic ending, but so many of them go this way…
2. How much?
Nobody ever buys wine from a supermarket. Well, why pop into a Sainsbury’s Local to buy a bottle of wine to take home, when you can get one in the good old boozer! We’ve never bought takeaway plonk from a pub though, because it costs an absolute fortune!
Neighbours can never just get along. Whether they’re singular spats or entire families at war, there always has to be ongoing tension between characters! Coronation Street mums Gail and Eileen are always at loggerheads. Watch them having one of their famous scraps here…
4. Down the local
Despite living in some happening locations, everyone just goes to one pub. The nearest one. They normally moan about it, so why not try a different venue? There must be better watering holes elsewhere. They could always get a cab there (they won’t want to do that though, or they’ll never be seen again!)
5. What’s your secret?
When somebody new shows up, however innocent and amiable they seem on the surface, they must have some deep, dark secret that will eventually come out. Not for a while, though. In fact it normally takes so long for the big reveal we get bored waiting!
6. Who did you say you were?
They must have the most incredible plastic surgeons where these people live! After a short spell away, they return and are unrecognisable. A prime example is Ben Mitchell in EastEnders. The picture above was him before. Now look how he’s changed!
7. Work is where the home is…
When looking for work they may scan the local paper at first, but you know they’ll end up down the road in the local pub, cafe or factory. Doesn’t matter that they’ve never had any previous experience, they just seem to pick it up. Makes you wonder why they don’t try getting a train and travelling to a position they’re qualified for?
8. What’s brewing?
They consume the strangest-named brands! It’s normally booze. A vodka you’ve never heard of with an an unpronouncable Russian sounding name. Or whisky called McJock, or something! Although in some communities (Weatherfield) they’ve invented an entirely fictional brewery!
9. Get moving!
Never a day goes by without somebody announcing: ‘I’m going to be late.’ Or, if it’s not them in a dash, they’ll be rushing somebody else along and telling them to: ‘Hurry up or you’ll be late.’
10. Who’s it really curtains for..?
Characters are often away supposedly looking after a seriously ill relative when really they’re off treading the boards in a theatre somewhere and being all luvvie!
11. Short memories
Things are conveniently forgotten so life can go on. Like affairs… It’s hard to believe in Coronation Street that Kevin slept with his best mate Tyrone’s wife Molly. But Kev and Ty are not only working together again, they’ve even managed to resume their friendship.
12. Junk food
We haven’t noticed much healthy eating going on. You don’t often see many home-cooked meals being prepared either – unless it’s a signature dish using sausages, or maybe marrows! Many a time a takeaway is suggested, often after someone’s culinary efforts have gone badly wrong.
It’s the end of our list and party time! But we’re not going to invite anybody apart from the people you see us with ALL the time! We don’t appear to have any other friends. Also, because that means they’re aren’t many of us, we’ll all have to gather in one place to make it look as if we’ve got a big crowd round at our gaff.
What have you noticed that only happens in soaps? Let us know below…